I think the extraordinary old Lemoine tree peony ' Souvenir de Maxime Cornu ' can be breathtaking. I grow mine on a high bank so that I can look up at it and enjoy its enormous flowers with their wonderfully shaded yellow colors. Some P luteas I've grown get so tall that it is difficult to see their flowers. P 'Tria' so far has remained shorter and as the name hints, its three-flowered stems make for a prolonged display even though semi-double at most. The P japonicas that I have grown have decidedly smaller flowers than those of P obovata 'Alba' though I must admit that a rose-colored obovata that I once grew had smaller flowers than the usual 'Alba' s. The P japonica that I currently grow ( from seed collected by Kazuo Mori ) is enchanting and preferable to the larger obovata ' Alba' . Speaking of white wild peonies, P emodi is incredibly beautiful and the stems have often 3 flowers. Jerry John Flintoff Vashon Island,Washington,USA Zone 8 ________________________________________________________________________ AOL now offers free email to everyone. Find out more about what's free from AOL at AOL.com.